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Open Digital Europe

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Out of the Box International develops a tailor made open data model and policies based on open digital environment which is transparent, accountable and secured.

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Out of the Box International works with already existing hubs, various local and national stakeholders and social entrepreneurs in order to further develop and promote successful social entrepreneurship policies and practices.

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Out of the Box International delivers expertise in the field of cohesive policies by using cross-sectorial approach and non-formal  education, in a global perspective.

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Out of the Box International  works further to enhance current cooperation in South East Europe region and actively supports the integration of all European countries in common European project.

Greetings, Out of The Box Enthusiasts!

We are thrilled to share the remarkable journey and success of our V-CALC Community of Practice (CoP) sessions. As a cornerstone of our commitment to sustainability and collaborative growth, these sessions have not only amplified the reach of our project outputs but have also fostered a thriving community dedicated to the advancement of volunteering impact measurement and policy development.

A Series of Engaging Sessions

Over the span of seven months, from November 21st, 2023, to May 29th, 2024, we conducted a series of seven dynamic online sessions. Each session was meticulously organized by our dedicated partners, with Out of the Box International (OTB) taking the lead by hosting two sessions. The sessions kicked off with CEV and concluded with OTB, ensuring a diverse range of insights and expertise.

Impressive Participation

We are proud to announce that our Community of Practice sessions attracted a total of 228 active practitioners. This included 59 men, 154 women, and 15 individuals who preferred not to disclose their gender. The diversity of our participants enriched the discussions and contributed to a holistic understanding of the topics at hand.

Interactive and Informative Sessions

Each CoP session was designed to be interactive and engaging. We featured expert guests who delved into specific topics, complemented by ice-breakers, multimedia presentations, and ample space for discussion. These one-hour Zoom meetings provided a space for volunteers, volunteer managers, community practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to come together, share knowledge, and exchange best practices.

Goals and Achievements

Our primary goal was to cultivate an active and engaged community. We aimed to provide a collaborative space for those interested in volunteering impact measurement and policy development. Through these sessions, participants explored various aspects of volunteering impact, learned about new policy trends, and gained practical insights on accessing EU funding mechanisms. The exchange of experiences and networking opportunities were invaluable.

Celebrating Success

We are delighted to highlight the outstanding success of our Community of Practice sessions. Not only did we meet our goals, but we also surpassed expectations by nearly doubling our anticipated number of participants.

Looking Forward

As we wrap up this journey, we celebrate the connections, advocacy, and dissemination achieved through our CoP sessions. The community we have built is a vibrant reflection of the power of collaboration and shared knowledge. We look forward to continuing this journey, fostering further dialogue, and sustaining the synergies we have generated.

Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed to the success of our Community of Practice. Together, we are making a significant impact on the future of volunteering.

Warm regards,

Out of The Box International

Why Out of the Box International

The seemingly ever-lasting depression of European economies has shaken the very foundations of many European societies. The shear rate of unemployment in Europe and the omnipresent environmental crisis coupled with the often frustratingly slow process of decision making in the EU, are calling for civil society actors to step in and fill the void.

In the aftermath of the 2008. economic crisis, the apprehension of falling under the spell of apathy of economic depression across the continent has not been easy to shake off. However, pinpointing the culprits for the current state of affairs on any particular EU decision maker is not the answer. Nonetheless, the fact remains that the current approach to the economic and environmental crisis hasn’t yet shown the affected citizens the light at the end of the tunnel.

As representatives of the civil society we feel the need to make our voice heard in the midst of the current debate on economic crisis. Being a social enterprise we offer new and feasible ideas in education and community work, creative cross-sectorial cooperation among different actors and strong networking coalitions to turn these dire economic challenges into possibilities through social entrepreneurship initiatives which aim at benefiting wide range of citizens, particularly vulnerable groups and those affected by the economic crisis.

Social entrepreneurship is a simple concept that has been put into practice by civil society actors for the benefit of a specific social group or people, and this is precisely what we want: to create projects and initiatives with fresh ideas in different policies, educational programs or tools, support businesses, empower cultural initiatives and offer different solutions to individuals, corporate bodies, everybody who believe that we can have more Creative, Innovative and Cohesive Europe.

 

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